maple sugar

Kent Montgomery joins Heidi and John on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about his experiences collecting sap to make maple syrup.  He tells us this year hasn’t been the greatest year for collecting but not the worst either.  Kent talks about the time and energy that goes into producing syrup with about 30 to 35 gallons of sap per one gallon of syrup.  He describes the importance of friends and family gathering together to converse and enjoy one another’s company while watching the sap boil.

Bob Shimek

Ininaatig...what we're talking about here is Tree of Man or Tree of Mankind. When we say that word...in our own Indian way around here... it is like our Tree of Life. - Bob Shimek 


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This week Marshall gives us some of the stories from The Timberjay newspaper including Wild Rice Sulfate standards in the MN Legislature, the Orr Center, Ely's city silver maple tree tapping and the strong start at the Pike River Hatchery. 

"From my perspective there are no bad sugarbush seasons," says David Manuel. "We always get something...or I should say we are given the gift of the sap to make into sugar, candy and syrup. To talk a little bit more in relevant and contemporary terms, it wasn't the best year, but it wasn't the worst - at least for me."